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Key Afghan city falls to Taliban in major government setback

...provinces, raising questions about the adequacy of the government's security and defense agencies.A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss an ongoing military operation, said the U.S. military...
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US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016

...American) efforts are not adequate," according to the letter, signed by Michelle Flournoy, a former senior U.S. defense official who once was Obama's choice for Pentagon chief, and Harold Koh, the former State Department legal adviser...
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Only handful of US-trained Syrians fighting IS

...militants.The stunning admission from Austin came as defense officials scrambled separately to respond to allegations that...Department's inspector general finds that senior defense officials altered intelligence to exaggerate progress being...
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Russian troops already in Syria, Israel says

...depose him would ultimately be far more hostile to Israel.Yaalon's information closely resembled that of U.S. defense officials who said Washington has seen the Russians fly a variety of military assets into the airfield south of Latakia, including...
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Russia said to get Iran's clearance for Syria-bound flights

...concerned about reports about Russia's increased military presence in Syria. He didn't offer details.A U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the issue, said the U...
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Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 pct.

...across the Pacific.One senior defense official said Pentagon leaders are taking...the plans laid out by senior defense officials, the Air Force would continue...armed aircraft. But senior defense officials said they need at least a small...
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Army cuts could grow if budget impasse persists

...airborne infantry unit at Fort Richardson in Alaska. Each would shrink from about 4,000 soldiers to about 1,050, defense officials said Wednesday. Those details were first reported Tuesday by USA Today. The full plan for specific cuts is expected...
US Navy ships to accompany US-flagged ships in Gulf

...they encounter no interference from Iran, U.S. defense officials said Thursday.The new policy, which has not yet...carrying weapons or collecting intelligence.U.S. defense officials said the decision to begin accompanying U.S. commercial...
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Ex-US commander: Take nuke missiles off high alert

...they breach firewalls to transmit unauthorized launch orders to crews in nuclear missile launch control centers?Defense officials are tight-lipped about countering this type of cyber threat.Last week the No. 2 official at the National Nuclear...
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US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

...other problems, according to two senior U.S. defense officials. They were not authorized to discuss details Jordan, but it has refused to give details. Defense officials, however, said last week that training also is...
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